The Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) is a non-governmental not-for-profit agency with a vision for tomorrow’s health, today. In partnership with multiple and diverse stakeholders, OPHI is a leader in efforts to make vibrant health a reality for all Oregonians. Founded in 2000 as an independent voice for public health, OPHI identified childhood obesity as a looming public health crisis in 2003, long before it was on the national radar. Since that time, OPHI has advocated for policies that will make Oregon a state where options for healthy eating and active living abound, and every resident will have an equal opportunity for a life of optimal health. As a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), OPHI places cutting-edge research into the hands of policymakers and practitioners where it can do the most good.
Founded in 1925, the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) is a voluntary association representing 242 Oregon cities. The League helps city governments provide service to citizens through legislative services, policy setting, intergovernmental relations, conferences and training, technical assistance and publications. The League is the effective and collective voice of Oregon’s cities and their authoritative and best source of information and training. In 2012, the LOC Board of Directors adopted a resolution to partner with the Oregon Public Health Institute to mount a Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign in Oregon and executed a Memorandum of Understanding for a three-year project.
Kaiser Permanente (KP) is America’s leading nonprofit integrated health plan. KP is dedicated to proactively helping people get and stay healthy. KP takes long-term, comprehensive programs into schools, worksites, and neighborhoods, while at the same time working to change policy and community conditions that affect people’s heath. Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) is KP’s multifaceted approach to addressing obesity and related health conditions. Bringing fresh, locally grown food into low-income neighborhoods and improving public parks so that residents will have safe and healthy recreational spaces to play in are just two examples of HEAL at work.